Languages of Victims: Toward Advocating Contemporary Social Sufferings

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 12:30-14:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)
RC25 Language and Society

Language: English

It has passed just 50 years since Linguistic Turn edited by Richard Rorty was published in 1967. For human and social scientists, linguistic activities such as narrative and discourse have been the most important resources and topics to clarify and understand social world. Various theories and methods to analyze peoples’ talks and narratives have been invented and elaborated. On the other hand, patient-centered clinical method is one of the most significant trends in contemporary medicine. Patients’ talks and narratives consist of the essential components of contemporary medical practices. The developments of pharmaceutical industries and medical practices have entailed the unintended consequences such as adverse effects of medicine, drug-induced sufferings, medical malpractice, medical drug lag, and device lag. Without paying attention to the voice of patients and victims, it is difficult for us to discover such sufferings, to analyze the features of problems, and to realize social justice in health fields. This session aims not only to clarify and understand the social sufferings and problems related to health and medicine, but also to offer the measures to advocate them through the analysis of their narratives and discourses.

This session welcomes sociological discussion of how language analyses influence the understanding and the care of

--The victims of drug-induced sufferings

--The victims of medical malpractices

--The patients of incurable disease who faced with social exclusion

--The victims of drug lag and device lag

--And those who live with other social sufferings related to health and medicine

Session Organizers:
Keiji FUJIYOSHI, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan and Masahiko KANEKO, National Defense Medical College, Japan
Keiji FUJIYOSHI, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan
Oral Presentations
Discourse Analysis of Drug-Induced Sufferings in Japan
Akihiko SATO, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Disputes about the Reality of a Health Trouble
Aymeric LUNEAU, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturel, Paris, France
Socio-Cultural Conception of Albinism and Albinos’ Access to Modern Healthcare Services: Narratives from the Field in South-West Nigeria
Adediran IKUOMOLA, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko Ondo State, Nigeria; Emmanuel OGUNODE, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria
Becoming Victims of Drug-Induced Suffering (DIS): The Case of Japanese Hemophiliacs with HIV
Masatake HONGO, Wakayama Medical University, Japan; Tomiaki YAMADA, Matsuyama University, Japan
Ageism and Narratives: Negative Images of Aging and Stories in Later Life
Tomoko TAMARI, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom